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This is a follow up study to the in depth Bible study called “IS THE HEBREW ROOTS MOVEMENT BIBLICAL?”. Please understand that I am writing this study NOT to point out any specific ministry, but rather to point out the ERRORS of FALSE teachers no matter what denomination or ministry it is that are teaching these incorrect interpretations from the word of God. I am doing these studies in God's word in order to help those who are being DECEIVED by these false teachings to learn HOW to search the word of Almighty God for THEMSELVES in order to see if what they are being taught is in fact the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
I did however choose to use this particular website of 119 Ministries, because I have personally attended one of their home Bible studies by the request of a dear brother and sister in the Lord, who have been drawn away from the TRUE GOSPEL of Jesus Christ by the 119 Ministries.
Now there are many things about the 119 Ministries that make them APPEAR to be teaching sound doctrine based upon the word of God. Perhaps the number one thing is that in many of their teachings they encourage Christians to TEST EVERYTHING, which is Biblical based on Acts 17:11 to search the word of God daily to see if we are being taught the truth. I as well teach my readers to search the word of God to make absolutely sure that they are being taught the truth of the WHOLE word of God.
Another thing that the 119 Ministries does that makes them seem to be following the Bible is that they offer all their teachings for free at no charge, which I again Is Biblical. I also believe that it is wrong to charge for the teaching and preaching of God's word. They do however ask for donations, which to ME, if God is truly leading any Ministry, then God himself will lead people to give to help support the ministry. Just my own personal opinion.
I also would like to say again as I have in many of my other studies that I personally do not believe that those who teach FALSE doctrines do so willfully and KNOWINGLY, but rather I believe that they themselves have been DECEIVED by the enemy Satan to teach what they themselves SINCERELY and truly believe to be the TRUTH.
As I said a moment ago I personally know a young family who has been DECEIVED by their FALSE teachings. It is my prayer that their eyes of understanding be opened to the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God so that they will come out from among this false teaching and be restored to the true GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. I ask my readers to pray for not only this family but also all the other families that have been deceived by the false teachings of this ministry and the Hebrew Roots Movement.
For those of you who have read the first study I gave the link to this website in the study called “IS THE HEBREW ROOTS MOVEMENT BIBLICAL?” and again I strongly implore my readers to do a search by typing in 119 Ministries rather than just clicking on the link so that you can see personally for yourself all the other websites that are speaking out AGAINST the FALSE teachings of this 119 Ministries. I do not necessarily endorse these other websites on all their other points of doctrine, but I do agree that they are correct in their speaking out against the Hebrew Roots Movement and the 119 Ministries. I will first post a few links here to some of these other websites so that you may view the points that these other websites bring out against the FALSE teaching of the Hebrew Roots Movement and the 119 Ministries, and then I will give my own teaching on this subject of exposing the errors of interpretation made by the 119 Ministries.
This first link gives a REBUTTAL to a defense given by the 119 Ministries. At times a defense given to a false teaching seems to be Biblical, until it is explained in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of God.
This next link below also has quite a few studies showing the errors of the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots movement along with explaining the differences between a true natural born Jew who has accepted Jesus as their Messiah and those who CLAIM to be Messianic Jews. However, I do NOT agree with the teachings on this sight related to Once Saved Always Saved. In other words, some of the teachings on this site while teaching AGAINST the legalism of the 119 ministries goes to the other EXTREME on the teaching of GRACE ALONE, in that, once you accept Jesus as your savior, then you can never lose your salvation no matter what. So do not be deceived to go from one extreme to the other when reading from this or any other website. I myself do NOT teach grace ALONE, nor the false once saved always saved doctrine:
This next link deals primarily with Matthew 5:17,18 and also
with the food laws of the Old Testament. This one passage of scripture seems to be the stumbling block for those who are being DECEIVED by the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement. It is true that Jesus did not come to COMPLETELY destroy or TOTALLY abolish the LAW, however there where portions of the law that were indeed ABOLISHED and NAILED to the cross of Jesus. Perhaps a better way to say this is to say that Jesus CHANGED the law or more precisely taught us a new WAY to KEEP the law. For example Jesus came to be the atonement for the sin of the world, THEREFORE every feast, ritual or ceremony that was given as the LAW of God in the Old Testament that has to do with sacrifice for sins has indeed been ABOLISHED or CHANGED. In others words, we as Christians still KEEP the law offering a sacrifice for sin, BUT the WAY that we KEEP this law is our FAITH in Jesus as BEING our sacrifice and therefore we no longer keep the law in the WAY of offering animal sacrifices. Another example is that we still yet KEEP the law of being CIRCUMCISED. HOWEVER the WAY is which we keep the law of circumcision has CHANGED to being circumcised in our HEART rather than in our FLESH. We will take a closer look at this truth in God's word as we continue this study.
Also for those of you who have NOT read the study "IS THE HEBREW ROOTS MOVEMENT BIBLICAL?" then I strongly encourage you to read it first to give you a strong Biblical foundation that clearly and plainly teaches us that Jesus came to put into FORCE a NEW COVENANT and a NEW TESTAMENT.
Now this does not mean that the Old Testament is no longer needed to be read and studied. The New Testament is the fulfillment of many of the prophecies in the Old Testament. There are many passages of scripture that teach us that IF the FIRST covenant of the OLD Testament could have saved us, then there would have been NO NEED for Jesus to put into FORCE the NEW and BETTER COVENANT. I know it is a rather long in depth study, but most always it takes the CONTEXT of the verses in question and the comparing of scripture with scripture to make it perfectly CLEAR that the verses used to TRY and teach that Christians are to keep ALL the law and ordinances of the OLD COVENANT have been twisted to mean something that they truly do NOT mean. So please take the time to read the whole study for I know the Lord will bless you richly as you seek to know the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God. And keep in mind that it is much easier to MAKE a MESS than it is to CLEAN UP a mess that has been made of God's word by false teachers.
Again I caution you to be very thorough when reading or listening to any teaching from the 119 Ministries, because they have a lot of truth MIXED in with their teaching so therefore they may SEEM to be Biblical in what they are teaching. But I assure you that they have gone too far to the extreme when it comes to obeying the commandments of Almighty God by imposing upon believers to keep the whole law of Moses contained in some 613 carnal ordinances.
Now the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Root movement state in some of their teachings that they do not keep the law of God as a matter of salvation, but if you really listen to what they are teaching, then you will see that keeping the whole law of God is the basis of their teaching as being a MUST. They admit that no one can learn all the law over night and teach that over time as one studies God's law that they will learn to eventually keep ALL of the 613 carnal ordinances. That is their GOAL to keep ALL the LAW of Moses written in the TORAH.
Let me explain what I mean by these Hebrew Roots movement groups going TOO FAR the EXTREME. First of all I have to agree that some in the main stream modern church have gone to the extreme on their teaching of GRACE when they IGNORE the many warnings in the New Testament to KEEP the commandments of God. I have many teachings on this subject of discerning between GRACE and the LAW that stays in the middle of the road bringing a BALANCE in the teaching of GRACE and the teaching of keeping to commandments of God to overcome sin in order to obtain eternal life in the world to come.
So YES, I believe the WHOLE word of God clearly teaches us that we must be OBEDIENT children of God in order to be accounted worthy to have the right to eat of the tree of life when Jesus returns. Please understand that the keeping of the commandments is NOT what JUSTIFIES us and FREES us from the bondage of sin, which can only be obtained through FAITH in Jesus, the Son of the living God. More on this further on in this study.
And yes I am aware of the extreme teaching on grace ALONE that has deceived some Christians into believing that they can never lose their salvation no matter what.
HOWEVER, I do NOT believe that we as Christians are required by Almighty God to keep the entire LAW of Moses contained in carnal ORDINANCES as the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement FALSELY teach. For IF this teaching were TRUE, then one must keep EVERY JOT and TITTLE to the STRICT LETTER of the LAW in order to be saved and obtain eternal life in the world to come, because you cannot pick and chose which law and ordinance you want to keep and ignore the rest.
The TRUTH of the matter is that Jesus and his disciples taught us that we as believers in Jesus Christ FULFILL or KEEP ALL the LAW when we walk in LOVE one toward another. This shows us that all the MORAL law is being KEPT when we walk in LOVE toward one another.
I always try to teach my readers to simply obey the leading of the Holy Spirit just ONE step at a time. For you see, our Christian walk with the Lord is liked to a young child growing up. We as loving parents do not ask or put on our children any more than we know they are capable of accomplishing. When a child first begins to walk we do not try and make the child run or carry something that we know that they are not capable of carrying. And if they stumble and fall we are there to help them get back up. Then when they have mastered walking we move on to another STEP. This is how The Holy Spirit leads us as well, just ONE step at a time. So then, simply OBEY the leading of the Holy Spirit and walk in LOVE one toward another to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Please read Matthew 7:12, which teaches us that the heart of the whole LAW and the PROPHETS is to teach us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
The Bible teaches us to walk in LOVE one toward another. Jesus said that ALL the LAW and the PROPHETS hang on TWO commandments. Please read Matthew 22:37-40.
Then we read in 1 John 4:13-21 that if any man SAY that he LOVES God and yet does NOT love his brother, then he is a LIAR and the love of God is not in him. In other words, the world knows that God dwells in us because they see our LOVE for the brethren.
So the two commandments that sum up the WHOLE law come down to the ONE command to LOVE. Every true born again Christian that has the Holy Spirit of Almighty God dwelling IN them are led BY the Holy Spirit who writes upon our hearts what we are to do and not do. Any time I even think of doing something that Almighty God himself does not want me to do I do not have to go read and memorize every jot and tittle of the law contained in ordinances to see or know if what I am thinking to do is wrong. NO absolutely NOT! The Holy Spirit within me rebukes me and speaks to my heart saying don't even think about doing that my son. This is the WAY that God wants to lead his children and NOT by the law contained in some 613 carnal ordinances. This is the SIMPLICITY that is in Jesus Christ our Lord. Walk in LOVE and OBEY the leading of the Holy Spirit within you.
So then, let us begin this study in God's word by taking a quote directly from the 119 Ministries website.I will place what I copy and paste from their 119 Ministries website in a different font style like this, so it will be easier to distinguish what they are teaching from what I am showing you to be the TRUTH from the WHOLE word of God.
I want to begin this study in God's word with Colossians 2:16, which deals with the question of whether or not the feast days and the Sabbath days have been ABOLISHED by being FULFILLED or not. I also want to show you directly from the teachings of 119 Ministry because I want to show you how subtle the enemy is to deceive God's people by simply ASKING QUESTIONS to redirect what you believe.
Please keep in mind that it is not so much the asking of questions, but more so on getting one to FOCUS on that one verse or that one part of the passage of scripture without keeping in mind the REST of God's word. I call this TUNNEL VISION where those who are being deceived seem to be so intensely focused on just a few verses of scripture that some how they just do not see the whole picture.
Here is an example of how QUESTIONS are used to DECEIVE God's people, even though they are sincere valid questions in the eyes of those who are asking them, because they sincerely believe that they are teaching the truth. These quotes again are taken from 119 Ministries website in one of their articles called;
Colossians 2:16 – Has the Lord’s Sabbath and Feast Days Been Abolished?
Did Paul tell the Colossians that they should not let themselves be judged for keeping God's
commandments or for not keeping God's commandments (Lord's Sabbath & Feast Days)?
There is a difference. We require context to know.
Were the Colossians being compelled by false teachers to not keep the Lord's Sabbath and Feast days or
compelling the Colossians to keep them?
If we answer that, then we can answer the first question. We require context to know.
Please notice that the writer of this article from 119 Ministries is asking us two questions. This is the very same tactic that Satan used in the garden of Eden on Eve trying to get Eve to QUESTION what God had actually said. The first question that is asked in this article from the 119 Ministries is ''Did Paul tell the Colossians that they should not let themselves be judged for KEEPING God's commandments OR for NOT keeping God's commandments (Lord's Sabbath & Feast Days)?
Well the answer is quite obvious to me, because the Holy Spirit brought other verses to my remembrance that AGREE or support the CORRECT answer that Paul was teaching the believers at the church of Colosse that they should not let themselves be judged for NOT keeping the LAW concerning eating MEAT or drinking, or let no man judge you in respect of NOT KEEPING an holy day, or a new moon, or of Sabbath days, again as in, NOT keeping any of these days as the JEWS are trying to impose upon you to keep.
WHY would the JEWS whether they were teaching traditions of men or teaching the LAW of God JUDGE Christians who were supposedly KEEPING these laws? The TRUTH of the matter is that these Christians were being JUDGED by these JEWS for NOT KEEPING the WHOLE LAW. Let us read this verse in question being kept in it's CONTEXT by reading along with the verse in question the that follows it. Please read Colossians 2:16,17, which says,
17. Which are a SHADOW of things to come; BUT the body is OF Christ."
Now the verse that immediately follows the verse in question tells us the REASON that these ordinances in the LAW were put into place teaching us that they are a SHADOW of things to come, and then Paul goes on to teach us that the true body or the true church is OF Christ. In other words, Paul is making a DISTINCTION from what these FALSE teachers who were trying to impose the WHOLE LAW upon Christians from that of which Paul was teaching, which was NOT to let their JUDGING you bring you under the bondage of the WHOLE LAW contained in some 613 carnal ordinances.
Please notice the word "BUT". BUT the BODY is OF Christ. Now the word "BODY" also means the MASS of anything. In other words, the WHOLE of all the PARTS is OF Christ. The parts were the law and prophecies of the Old Testament foreshadowing that which was to come being Jesus, the BODY or the HEART of the WHOLE matter.
Now let us take a closer look at the whole CONTEXT starting with verse
"BEWARE lest (or for fear that) any man SPOIL you through philosophy and vain DECEIT, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and NOT after Christ.
15. And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Our CIRCUMCISION is OF Christ. Our keep the Sabbath is OF Christ. Jesus IS our REST. The keeping of the feast days is OF Christ. Jesus IS our PASSOVER.
Also keep in mind that this interpretation that we as Christian are not to let our selves be judge by others for NOT KEEPING the WHOLE LAW written in the OLD Testament to the children of Israel AGREES with what Paul teaches throughout the New Testament. Paul is very CONSISTENT to maintain that there is a DIFFERENCE between being under the LAW as being given to the JEWS under the OLD covenant and being under GRACE as being given to BOTH the JEWS and the GENTILES under the NEW COVENANT, which was put into FORCE by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We will come back to this verse with much more clear, plain, and simple evidence from God's word that without a doubt teaches us that the CORRECT interpretation of Colossians 2:16 is that Paul is teaching us NOT to keep these ordinances in the law in respect of MEAT and the keeping of days such as the Sabbath days.
for now let us continue to take a closer look at the argument used by
the Hebrew Roots Movement and the 119 Ministries to try and support
their teaching that Christians are to KEEP ALL the LAW given in the
OLD TESTAMENT contained is some 613 carnal ordinances. Here is what they go on to say in their article to
answer their own question that they ask. They say that we need to know the CONTEXT and I
totally agree that the context is vitally important to be able to
CORRECTLY interpret what is meant by any particular verse of
scripture. But please remember that
the interpretation that one believes to be the correct conclusion must not only AGREE with ALL the context of that particular passage of scripture, but the INTERPRETATION that is arrived at must also must AGREE with the WHOLE word of God as well.
I have just shown you that part of the context that does NOT agree with THEIR interpretation that Paul is teaching us that we are to KEEP ALL the LAW contained in ordinances. Paul specifically points out a few of these laws that we as Christians are not to be judge for NOT KEEPING, which are concerned with eating MEAT and the KEEPING of days such as the Sabbath day.
Now I want you to also please notice that those at 119 Ministries ask yet another question before they give you the context, which again is another tactic of the enemy to cloud your mind by directing your thoughts to another point. Again it is not so much the questions, but rather the getting you to focus on this one passage of scripture so that you do not take into consideration the REST of God's word. I will show you what I mean by this as we continue this study, but first I want you to read again the second question that is asked in this article written by the 119 Ministries.
Were the Colossians being compelled by false teachers to NOT KEEP the Lord's Sabbath and Feast days OR compelling the Colossians to KEEP them?
Again these are valid questions and they certainly seem to be sincere and therefore these questions should not be ignored. Also the instruction to read the CONTEXT is sound Biblical advice, but I must caution you, the reader, that just because these questions are sincere VALID questions does not ALWAYS mean that what is being taught is good SOUND BIBLICAL teaching. You will soon see what I mean by this as we continue looking at the teaching from this article before I actually show you the ERROR that was made by the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement in their INTERPRETATION of Colossians 2:16. Please continue to read more of the arguments to try and support their teaching that Christians must keep ALL the LAW written in the Old Testament.
Were the Colossians being taught commandments of MEN and ways of the world OR God's commandments?
And that is the context we require to answer all questions.
All of these questions are designed to force a reader to answer what is called context. What is the context
surrounding this verse?
Col2:16-17 16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious
festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
If we cite just one verse, such as Colossians 2:16, isolated from its surrounding context then we can not
even answer the first question:
Did Paul tell the Colossians that they should not let themselves be judged for keeping God's
commandments or not keeping God's commandments (Lord's Sabbath & Feast Days)?
That is the question we need to answer, and to answer such a question we need to understand if the context
is “commandments of MEN” or “commandments of God.” Again, there is a difference. Men are not God.
Men have their own commandments and ways and God has His own commandments and ways (i.e. Mark
7:1-13). We need to know exactly what the false teachers were teaching to understand exactly what Paul is
correcting. To know exactly what the false teachers were teaching we need to read, understand, and apply
the context and also know the doctrine of the false teachers. Doesn't that make sense? It should.
Colossians is obviously a letter, with a beginning and end, serving a specific focus, and full of context.
Remember, the Colossians know full well the context and the debate at hand. They are living in it. We have
to pull in clues to construct the context and the debate at hand, and certainly refrain from inserting context
of our own bias. We do not want to make the common error of verse plucking scripture out of context and
forcing a paradigm on it. We have to work on understanding this letter slightly more than those receiving
Again all of the above is very sound advice, but it is HOW this sound advice is actually used that effects whether or not the interpretation that is concluded is the CORRECT interpretation or not. You see one can pluck out of context a verse or part of a verse that is ALSO found IN the context of the verse in question in order to try and support what they are teaching. In other words, the verse or more precisely the part of the verse that the 119 Ministries use to try and support what they teach is actually taken OUT of context itself. Let me just show you what I mean by this after you read their argument first.
For many reasons we know that the false teachers were the Jewish sect of the Gnostics, NOT Jewish
Pharisees. The popular NIV Life Application Study Bible even agrees in its commentary that this is the Gnostic sect
that is the root cause of doctrinal problems to the Colossians. So this understanding is nothing that is not already well understood and taught by some Biblical scholars.
Why is this important?
The Gnostic doctrine is full of “principles of the world,” and “commandments and teachings of men.” The Gnostics would not be commanding the Colossians to keep God's feasts by any stretch. They would be teaching them not to, that they are just "spiritual", and have no value. Sound familiar as any doctrine today?
Because the feasts and Sabbath involve “food and drink” the Gnostics would consider God’s Feasts and Sabbath as actually evil. This is why the Gnostics considered the God of the Old Testament (as though God could change) as evil and the God of the New Testament as not evil (again, sound familiar?) What most do not consider is that there is a spiritual and physical application for every one of God’s commandments, and one does not override or trump the other. The physical teaches the spiritual. The inward produces the outward. Y’shua (Jesus) taught us that in His first parable.
So that is WHY Paul said YES, the Feasts still have value, and they ARE prophetic foreshadowing of what is TO COME (verse 17).
In other words, don’t listen to the corrupted Gnostics and throw the Lord's Feasts and Sabbaths out the window. They (the Gnostics) do not know that they are in serious error and certainly do not let them judge you with their supposed “special knowledge” of “things not seen.” Therefore, keep the Feasts and do not let anyone judge you for keeping them.
See how context defines the verse for us?
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ how those at 119 Ministries redirected the TRUE meaning of the context of this passage of scripture to FIT their OWN BIAS interpretation by sidetracking your faith from the word of God ALONE by assuming that these false teachers that were judging these believers at Colosse were GNOSTIC Jews and NOT true Jewish believers and they use a COMMENTARY written by man as the basis for making such an assumption. It does not matter if these were gnostic Jews or TRUE Jews, or even true Jewish Christians. What matters is that these Jews whether they were gnostic Jews or true Jews or true Jewish Christian they were judging Christians for NOT KEEPING the WHOLE law as was written in the Old Testament, because the CONTEXT clearly teaches us that the CIRCUMCISION received by the Gentile believers was NOT MADE with physical hands, but rather was OF Christ.
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ that IF these believers in Jesus Christ were truly indeed KEEPING the WHOLE law of God OR the TRADITIONS of MEN, then WHY would the true Jews JUDGE them for KEEPING the law of God, OR WHY would the so called gnostic Jews JUDGE them for KEEPING the TRADITIONS of MEN that they supposedly taught. Just ask yourself the question "Is the law of CIRCUMCISION written in the law of MOSES?" Yes it is! So then, IF SO BE that the INTERPRETATION of the 119 Ministries is the correct interpretation, then it would be clearly taught in the NEW Testament that we as Christians MUST be circumcised in the FLESH in order to be saved just like the law of GOD commands in the TORAH. But it does NOT! In fact the NEW Testament rebukes the Jewish Christians for TRYING that make the Gentile believers KEEP ALL the law of Moses.
Now it may very well be that some of what these Christians were being deceived by did in fact come from the Gnostic Jews, but other verses in this same context clearly point to the JEWS who were trying to judge these Christians with the LAW even though the actual word "law" is not found anywhere in the entire letter of Colossains. For you see, Paul was ALSO warning these Christians NOT to be CIRCUMCISED in this same letter to the Colossians at the same time he was teaching them not to be JUDGED for NOT KEEPING the holy and Sabbath days and eating meat.
Please read Colossians 2:1-14 where we see the EMPHASIS being placed upon Jesus Christ and what these Christians at Colosse were taught to believe according to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
2. That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
8. BEWARE lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and NOT after Christ. (Paul is not isolating traditions of MEN as the SOLE means of being deceived as the 119 Ministries would have you believe in order to support their teaching. Paul is basically warning us not to be deceive by ANY means, by vain deceit, by traditions of men and by the rudiments of the world.)
10. And you are COMPLETE in him, which is the head of all principality and power: (we are NOT made COMPLETE in or by the LAW of Moses written in the TORAH. The CONTEXT of what Paul is teaching us here is that we as Christians are COMPLETE IN Jesus.)
Now we all know that it is the custom of the Jews to be CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH, and that it was their CUSTOM because they were obeying the LAW OF GOD and NOT the TRADITIONS of men. In other words, this LAW, this ORDINANCE, this CUSTOM, this TRADITION, this REGULATION to be CIRCUMCISED was NOT a commandment or law of MAN, but rather this ORDINANCE was a commandment of Almighty God himself as a SIGN or token of the covenant God made with Abraham, which continue to be obeyed on through the LAW of Moses right up to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ where this SHADOW of things to come was NAILED to HIS CROSS forever BLOTTING OUT this handwriting of ORDINANCES that were AGAINST us.
Some may try and argue that this is just MY interpretation of this passage of scripture by bringing up Matthew 5:17,18 where Jesus says that he did NOT come to DESTROY the LAW. You see, it is that TUNNEL VISION that I am warning you about. When those who become DECEIVED by a FALSE INTERPRETATION of one passage of scripture, then their eyes somehow become blinded to the rest of God's word and all other verse now are INTERPRETED in the light of that ONE passage of scripture which has INCORRECTLY been interpreted as well.
Therefore we must COMPARE any interpretation that we conclude with the WHOLE word of God to see if there are any contradictions. So then let us compare this interpretation that the handwriting of the ORDINANCES that were against us not only means that all our past SINS were forgiven us, but ALSO that the BLOTTING OUT of the handwriting of ORDINANCES against us mean that the VERY ORDINANCES of the LAW themselves were BLOTTED OUT as well. Please read Ephesians 2:11-20 which clearly and plainly teaches us that the ENMITY or that which is AGAINST us is in fact the LAW contained in ORDINANCES was ABOLISHED by Jesus Christ our Lord and savior and that this is the FOUNDATION of the apostles, the prophets and Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone that we are built upon.
15. Having ABOLISHED in his flesh the ENMITY, EVEN the LAW of commandments contained in ORDINANCES; (meaning the ceremonial law and not the MORAL law toward our fellow man has been abolished in the flesh of Jesus) for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making PEACE;
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, that Paul is preaching the very same thing in both Ephesians chapter 2 and Colossians chapter 2 which is that this ENMITY that is AGAINST us is indeed EVEN the VERY LAW itself contained in ORDINANCES speaking of the ceremonial law that Jesus FULFILLED, ABOLISHED, SLAYED, took OUT of the WAY, BLOTTED OUT and NAILED to his CROSS once and for all time for those of us who are IN Jesus Christ. Please understand that I am NOT speaking of the MORAL law being ABOLISHED, but rather the CEREMONIAL law foreshadowing the coming of Jesus. Jesus came to FULFILL the law and the prophets pertaining to the FORESHADOWING of his coming, which is the CEREMONIAL law such as the feast days, the Sabbath days, the dietary laws, and the sacrifices.
us now take a look at Galatians chapter 2, which AGAIN AGREES with what
Paul is teaching about NOT KEEPING these ORDINANCES such as being
CIRCUMCISED in the flesh and observing holy days and Sabbath days or eating MEAT as was the custom or the tradition of the Jews because it was the LAW of GOD.
2. And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that GOSPEL which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation,(speaking of the JEWS that were compelling Christians to keep ALL the law of Moses) lest by any means I should run, or had run, in VAIN.
3. But NEITHER Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be CIRCUMCISED:(in other words, these JEWS of the reputation who came in unaware as spies were COMPELLING these Gentile Christians to be CIRCUMCISED and the follow the LAW of Moses, but they did NOT succeed, because Paul says that NEITHER Titus was COMPELLED to be CIRCUMCISED.)
4. And that because of FALSE brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to SPY out our liberty which we have IN Christ Jesus, THAT (or so that, or IN ORDER THAT) they (speaking of those of the reputation, the leaders or teachers of the Jews being these FALSE brethren who ever they were) might bring us into BONDAGE:(speaking of being brought back into the bondage of the LAW contained in ORDINANCES that were ABOLISHED, SLAIN, NAILED to the CROSS and BLOTTED OUT by FAITH if Jesus Christ)
5. To whom (speaking of these SPIES, these FALSE teachers pretending to be our brethren, but who are wolves in sheep clothing) we gave place by subjection, NO, NOT for an hour; that the TRUTH of the GOSPEL might CONTINUE with you.
6. But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were [whether they be GNOSTIC Jews, or Scribes, or Pharisees or just plain JEWS], it makes no matter to me: God accepts no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
7. But contrariwise (or on the contrary, or quite the opposite), when they SAW that the GOSPEL of the UNCIRCUMCISION was COMMITTED unto me, AS (or in the SAME WAY AS) the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
9. And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the GRACE that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
12. For BEFORE that certain came from James, he (speaking of Peter) did EAT with the Gentiles:(most likely Peter was eating MEAT, which the JEWS would JUDGE him as being a transgressor of the LAW) BUT when they (speaking of those of reputation, the JEWS) were come, he (Peter) withdrew and separated himself, FEARING them which were of the CIRCUMCISION. (Here we see that Peter was being two faced or being a hypocrite or a man pleaser teaching the exact opposite to one group of Christians from the other group of Christians. Thus Paul rebuked Peter for setting a bad example for the weaker Christians to follow producing confusion among the brethren.)
14. But when I saw that they walked NOT uprightly according to the TRUTH of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If you, being a Jew (or if you Peter being a natural born Jew who was before taught in all manner of JEWERY now being IN Jesus Christ), live after the manner of Gentiles, and NOT as do the Jews, WHY COMPELL you the Gentiles to LIVE AS DO THE JEWS? (you see, it was NOT that Peter was actually TEACHING or PREACHING to the Gentiles to live as the Jews, but rather it was the ACTIONS of Peter withdrawing himself for FEAR of the JEWS that was COMPELLING the Gentles to live like the Jews.)
16. Knowing that a man is NOT justified by the works of the LAW, but BY the FAITH of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the FAITH of Christ, and NOT by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall NO flesh be justified.
18. For IF I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
19. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.(in other words, there is no way that Paul is teaching in Colossians 2:16 for Christian to KEEP the holy days, or to KEEP the feasts days of the new moon, or to KEEP the Sabbath days, or to KEEP the dietary laws of the OLD TESTAMENT, because that would be building AGAIN these things that Paul destroyed by the preaching of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ.)
20. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the FAITH of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
21. I do NOT frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the LAW, then Christ is dead in VAIN.
So you see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, there is NO WAY that Paul was teaching in Colossians 2:16 for us as Christians to KEEP the WHOLE LAW contained ORDINANCES to observe the holy days, the feast days, the Sabbath days, or the dietary laws of the OLD TESTAMENT. But rather Paul was clearly and plainly teaching us as Christians NOT to keep the WHOLE law and to let NOT the Jews JUDGE us for NOT KEEPING the WHOLE LAW contained in ORDINANCES. I mean think about this for a moment, WHY would the Jews be JUDGING these gentile and Jewish Christians if they were truly being taught by Paul to KEEP the LAW as these JEWS or FALSE teachers, whether they were gnostic Jews or whether they were true Jews, because either way they themselves were teaching Christians the KEEPING of the WHOLE LAW? This makes no sense whatsoever for Paul to be teaching these Christians to NOT let these Jews JUDGE them in the matters of the LAW, IF SO BE, that Paul was TRULY teaching these Christians to KEEP the WHOLE LAW.
you not see how the 119 Ministry and the Hebrew Roots Movement have
ERROR in their INTERPRETATION of the scriptures? I agree wholeheartedly that the mainstream church as error as well by going to far to the extremely in their teaching on GRACE that we as Christians do not have to keep ANY of the commandments of God in order to obtain eternal life it the world to come. You see on the one side we have those who false teach that we as Christians must KEEP the WHOLE LAW of God and then there are those on the other side that falsely teach that once you accept Jesus as your savior then you can NEVER LOSE your salvation no matter what. In other words, the falsely teach that Christians do not have to keep ANY of the commandments of God.
The TRUTH of the matter is down the middle, which it that Christians are taught in the New Testament to keep nine of the ten commandments of God. I cover this subject in depth throughout most of my studies here at AMatterOfTruth.com, but in this particular study I am focusing on the errors of the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement, which FALSELY teach that we as Christians must keep the WHOLE law of Moses contained in ordinances written in the Old Testament in the TORAH.
And another one of their biggest arguments in that the Old Testament was the ONLY BIBLE that the EARLY church had. Well that is because the NEW TESTAMENT was being lived by the early church to be written down for us to read after they were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write down what Jesus and the Holy Spirit had taught them to teach us. The TRUTH of the matter is that we have BOTH the Old and the New Testament to be our guide, but more so we also have the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. Also please know and understand that the Bereans were NOT looking up in the Old Testament about the LAW, but rather were searching the word of God daily to see if the Old Testament prophesied of JESUS as being their MESSIAH, because that is what they were being TAUGHT. So the argument of there NOT being a NEW Testament at the time does not hold water so to speak. None of the apostles of Jesus were teaching the LAW to be saved, but were rather teaching that the law and the prophets all pointed to Jesus as being the CHRIST. And it was the prophecies of Jesus which the Bereans were search daily in the word of God to see if what they were being TAUGHT was indeed the TRUTH.
So then, now that we have seen that there are errors on both sides where one side is falsely teaching us to keep ALL the law and the other side is falsely teaching that we do not need to keep ANY of the commandments in order to obtain ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come, this brings us to the purpose of this study, which is to expose the errors of the 119 Ministries. Again this is not to say that other false teachings are any less important, but rather the focus of this particular study is to point out the errors of the 110 Ministries. Never the less as we continue looking at some other arguments used by the 119 Ministry to TRY and support their FALSE interpretation that Paul was teaching us to KEEP ALL the LAW of Moses given in the OLD TESTAMENT we shall no doubt look at errors on the other extreme as well. So then let us pick up where they left off teaching that the CONTEXT is what determines the meaning of the verse for us.
See how context defines the verse for us?
Col 2:20-23 - Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to REGULATIONS— 21 “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” 22 which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.
Paul again makes it clear that in Christ we died against the “principles of the world” and “human
regulations.” So far, Paul has said nothing against the "law of God."
In fact, THE WORD LAW IS NOT MENTIONED IN THE WHOLE BOOK OF COLOSSIANS.
Consider reading that again.
Amazing but true, yet teachers will try to convince you at every opportunity that the letter to the Colossians is all about abolishing God’s law instead of about abolishing commandments and doctrines from men.
Many mainstream teachers place “God’s law” as the subject of Colossians 2 and the word law is not even mentioned once. You would expect it to be in there somewhere, but embarrassingly enough it is not. That is because Paul is teaching against false doctrines and commandments of the world/men, not teaching that any component of the "law of God" has been made void. In fact, if Paul was doing this, he would be contradicting himself and Y'shua (Ro. 3:31;7:22-23;Mat. 5:17-19)
According to the obvious context, the Gnostics came in and started polluting the doctrine of the Colossians.
notice that I have EMPHASIZED two places in this argument presented by
the 119 Ministries, the first being in verse 20 which says,
you subject yourselves to REGULATIONS,
and the second place being in their EXPLANATION of the CONTEXT of
Colossians 2:16, the verse in question, not
teaching that any component of the "law of God" has been
they make the CLAIM that Paul did NOT teach even one COMPONENT of the
''LAW of GOD" that was made VOID in hopes to prove that Paul was
talking about ONLY the laws and traditions of MEN. In other words, the enemy of our souls is trying to get the focus of our attention to be upon the DIFFERENCE between the LAW of GOD and the TRADITIONS of MEN in order to distract us from what Paul is truly teaching us here in Colossians 2:16, which is that we as Christians are not to let others judge us for NOT keeping the WHOLE law contained in ordinances.
We have ALREADY seen that CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH was a COMPONENT of the LAW of Almighty God and NOT of MAN. Yes, CIRCUMCISION in the FLESH was a REGULATION that was once REQUIRED by Almighty God and therefore was NOT a MAN MADE TRADITION or CUSTOM of the Jews whether they be gnostic or TRUE Jews. So once again we have CLEARLY and PLAINLY seen that CIRCUMCISION of the FLESH made WITH HANDS written in the TORAH is most assuredly a COMPONENT of the LAW and COMMANDMENT of Almighty God himself, AND we have ALSO clearly and plainly seen that this PART of the LAW of GOD was without a doubt made VOID, ABOLISHED, taken OUT of the WAY, SLAIN, BLOTTED OUT, and NAILED to the CROSS of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we are not only FORGIVEN of our past SINS, but we are also CIRCUMCISED with the NEW circumcision that is made WITHOUT hands, the circumcision of our heart through our FAITH in Jesus Christ, which was part of God's plan all along written down for us in the Old Testament foretelling us of the NEW Testament. Thus God himself has made a CHANGE in the WAY that we now KEEP the law of CIRCUMCISION.
Please read Deuteronomy 30:1-6, which is a prophecy concerning ISRAEL that is YET to be fulfilled at the second coming of Jesus and includes the 1000 year reign of Jesus.
" And it shall come to pass, WHEN ALL THESE THINGS are come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD your God has driven you,
2. And shall return unto the LORD your God, and shall obey his voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your children, with all your heart, and with all your soul;
3. That then the LORD your God will turn your captivity, and have compassion upon you, and will return and gather you from all the nations, whither the LORD your God has scattered you.
4. If any of you be driven out unto the out most parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD your God gather you, and from thence will he fetch you:
5. And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed , and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good , and multiply thee above thy fathers.
6. And the LORD your God will circumcise your HEART, and the heart of your seed, to love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live."
Now let us consider verse 20 where I emphasized the phrase from the teachings of the 119 Ministries, do you subject yourselves to REGULATIONS, in order to point out that Paul was asking these Christians why they were subjecting themselves to REGULATIONS of TOUCH NOT,TASTE NOT, or HANDLE NOT. I am fully aware that those in the 119 Ministries make the CLAIM that Paul is speaking here of the commandments of MEN and therefore they are CLAIMING that what Paul is talking abut here has nothing whatsoever to do with the law of GOD, because the word "LAW" itself is NOT found ANY WHERE in this letter to the church of Colosse.
the CONTEXT of Colossians 2:16, ALSO includes Colossians 2:4-8, which
teaches us that Paul is warning believers NOT to be deceived by ANY
man and then he follows up by giving us three categories of men,
where no less than one of these categories can be the JEWS, who were indeed TRUE Jews that keep the law of GOD, and because these JEWS would not believe the GOSPEL that was being preached to them they used
VAIN DECEIT to deceive Christians to keep the WHOLE law of God including being CIRCUMCISED in the FLESH in order to be saved. Another piece of evidence is that Paul often spoke of teaching the GOSPEL in VAIN being
fearful that the JEWS would DECEIVE Christians to be brought under
the BONDAGE of the KEEPING of the WHOLE LAW of Moses which was given to the
Jews under the OLD COVENANT or the OLD Testament contained in ordinances, UNTIL the NEW
TESTAMENT was put into FORCE by the shed blood of our Lord Jesus
Christ, so that whosoever would BELIEVE in Jesus should be saved.
Here is Colossians 2:4-8, which says,
8. Beware LEST (or for FEAR THAT) ANY MAN spoil you through philosophy and VAIN DECEIT, after the tradition of men (being one category of men), after the rudiments of the world (a second category), AND NOT after Christ.(being the third category, which refers to the JEWS who through VAIN DECEIT beguiled believers in Jesus Christ NOT AFTER the teaching of Jesus Christ, but rather after the teaching of the LAW of GOD given to them in the OLD testament.)
So then, the question is HOW did we RECEIVE Jesus Christ? Come on now my dear brothers in sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, did you RECEIVE the forgiveness of all your past sins BY FAITH in the gospel of Jesus Christ, OR were you saved by the LAW contained in ORDINANCES that was given in under the OLD Testament in the TORAH, which we are CLEARLY and PLAINLY taught in the word of God was only added because of transgressions UNTIL the PROMISE of the SEED of Abraham speaking of Jesus be brought into the world?
Please read Galatians chapter 3, which again clearly and plainly teaches us that we RECEIVED Jesus Christ BY FAITH, which AGREES with the entire NEW TESTAMENT that we are saved or reconciled to God by GRACE THROUGH FAITH and NOT by the WORKS of the LAW.
foolish Galatians, who
has BEWITCHED you, that you should NOT OBEY THE TRUTH,
before whose eyes (or before your very own eyes) Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth,
crucified among you? (in other words, you were WITNESSES of Jesus being crucified)
3. Are you so foolish? Having BEGUN in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the FLESH (or are you my dear brothers and sisters who have BEGUN your walk with the LORD now becomes so FOOLISH as to now try and be made perfect by the WORKS of the LAW. Again it should be clear to all that Paul is speaking only of the CEREMONIAL law contained in ordinance, which were a SHADOW pointing to the TRUE who was prophesied to come and NOT the MORAL law of the NINE commandments of God that are repeated in the NEW Testament over and over again and again)?
4. Have you suffered so many things in VAIN (speaking of the many persecutions from the Jews that you have suffered for first BELIEVING in Jesus Christ to forgive you of all your sins, have you suffered all this persecution in VAIN or for no reason at all)? IF it be yet in VAIN.(meaning it is not too late to confess your faults before God and come back to the TRUTH of the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. Also keep in mind that if Paul was TRULY teaching us as Christians to keep the WHOLE law of God as the 119 Ministries FALSELY teaches, then there would have been NO PERSECUTION by the JEWS whether they were gnostics Jews as the 119 Ministry CLAIMS or whether they were TRUE Jews, because either way these JEWS were PERSECUTION Christians for NOT KEEPING the WHOLE law.)
8. And the scripture, fore seeing that God would justify the heathen through FAITH, preached before the gospel (meaning the GOOD NEWS of the coming MESSIAH from the SEED of Abraham. The Old Testament scripture pointed to Jesus who is the GOOD NEWS) unto Abraham, saying, In you shall all nations be blessed.
10. For (or because) as many as are of the works of the law are UNDER the CURSE: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.(the Bible teaches us that we are NOT UNDER the LAW but under GRACE)
16. Now to Abraham and his SEED were the promises made. He says not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to your seed, which is Christ.
17. And this I say, that the COVENANT, that was CONFIRMED before of God IN Christ,(speaking of the COVENANT of the PROMISE made by Almighty God himself to Abraham 430 years BEFORE the LAW was ever ADDED for reason of transgression UNTIL the SEED of Abraham speaking of the MESSIAH Jesus Christ our Lord was brought forth into the world) the LAW, which was four hundred and thirty years after, CANNOT disannul, that it should make the PROMISE of NONE EFFECT. (in other words, the PROMISE which is by FAITH came FIRST, so therefore it overrides the LAW contained in ordinances, which was ADDED TEMPORARILY in order to KEEP the children of Israel from the accuser, UNTIL the SEED or the MESSIAH was brought forth into the world)
19. Wherefore then serve the LAW? It was ADDED because of transgressions, TILL the SEED should come to whom the PROMISE was made; (I do not see how the word of TRUTH can make it any plainer or more clearer than this my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, who are being BEWITCHED by the 119 Ministry and the Hebrew Roots Movement to SERVE the WHOLE LAW of Moses, which was NEVER given to the Gentiles, but rather was given ONLY to Israel UNTIL the PROMISE of the SEED of Abraham, which CLEARLY is speaking of Jesus the MESSIAH, was brought into the world.) and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
21. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.(in other words, the LAW was not a bad thing, but it served it's PURPOSE to KEEP Israel UNTIL the PROMISE of the MESSIAH was brought forth into the world. The law also serve as a SHADOW of things that was to come. The law was a SCHOOLMASTER that taught us about Jesus and the NEW TESTAMENT written in his blood.)
22. But the scripture has concluded ALL under sin, that (or so that) the promise by FAITH of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. (in other words, Almighty God by his grace CONCLUDED ALL of mankind to be under sin so that he could show forth his GRACE by bring into the world his OWN sacrifice for the sin of the world to be offered just ONE TIME once and and for all time, which would then be RECEIVED BY FAITH by WHOSOEVER chose to BELIEVE the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is NONE other name given among men whereby we must be saved. Salvation is received by FAITH and NOT by works of the law)
23. BUT BEFORE FAITH CAME (speaking of the PROMISE of the SEED of Abraham referring the Jesus the MESSIAH), we were KEPT (meaning the sins of the Old Testament saints were COVERED) under the LAW, shut up unto the FAITH which should after wards be REVEALED.(where our sins would be washed clean away by this ONE TIME sacrifice that our Lord God HIMSELF provided for us through his Son Jesus, the LAMB slain from before the foundation of the world.)
25. But AFTER that faith is come (or AFTER Jesus died and rose again for the sins of the world), we are NO LONGER UNDER a schoolmaster.(or we are NO LONGER UNDER the WHOLE LAW contained in ordinances, which WAS our schoolmaster UNTIL the MESSIAH came.)
28. There is NEITHER Jew nor Greek (meaning that a GENTILE BELIEVER does NOT become a JEW, to live as the JEWS lived under the OLD Testament law contained in ordinances, when he or she accepts Jesus as their savior), there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29. And if you be Christ's, then are you Abraham's SEED, and heirs according to the PROMISE."
Can you not see my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, that AFTER Jesus the MESSIAH came and died for the sins of the world, then those who used to live UNDER the LAW of Moses where FREED from being UNDER the WHOLE LAW of God, because Almighty God himself FULFILLED his PROMISE under the FIRST COVENANT that he made with Abraham by bringing forth the PROMISE of the SEED into the world to be the MESSIAH, which was his Son Jesus.
Then AFTER Jesus died and rose from the dead for the sins of the world Almighty God put into FORCE the NEW TESTAMENT or the NEW COVENANT whereby God's people are NOW saved by GRACE THROUGH FAITH IN Jesus Christ. This was the GOSPEL or the GOODS NEWS from the very beginning given by PROMISE from Almighty God to mankind, that from the SEED of the woman the head of the ENEMY of God would be crushed. Jesus CRUSHED the serpents head on the cross being made a curse for us and therefore REDEEMED mankind from the curse of the LAW.
Now some of you may be saying, I see what you are saying brother Mark, but WHY did Jesus and the disciples teach us to KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of God if we are NO LONGER UNDER the LAW?
This is a very valid question, which some in the mainstream church answer by simply telling us that we do not keep the commandments of God so that we can be saved, or we do not keep the commandments of God to KEEP or MAINTAIN our salvation, but rather we keep the commandments of God only out of love and a thankful heart toward God for saving us by his Son Jesus through faith. Now for some this answer seems to be satisfactory.
However, for others like myself, who have clearly and very plainly seen in the word of TRUTH that IF a believer in Jesus Christ does NOT KEEP the commandments of Almighty God and goes back into their old lifestyle of sin, and they should die while living in sin, then they will NOT be given ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come.
So then, HOW do we reconciled the TRUTH of the GOSPEL that we are SAVED by GRACE THROUGH FAITH and NOT BY WORKS lest any man should BOAST, with the TRUTH of the GOSPEL that ALSO clearly teaches us that we MUST WITHOUT FAIL KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty God in order to be given the RIGHT to EAT of the TREE of LIFE in the world to come?
Please read Revelation 22:14,15, which clearly and plainly teaches us that we must KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty God in order to have the RIGHT to eat of the tree of LIFE.
"Blessed are THEY that DO his commandments, (WHY? Why are ONLY those that KEEP or DO the commandments of God called BLESSED?) THAT (or because or in order that) THEY (speaking of ONLY those who are KEEPING the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty God) may have RIGHT to the tree of LIFE (speaking of being found worthy to be given the RIGHT to receive ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come), and may ENTER in through the gates into the city. (you see when the word of God speaks about the KINGDOM of God there is more than just one meaning for this word "kingdom". We do not ACTUALLY ENTER INTO the kingdom of God until the second coming of Jesus when FAITHFUL believers in Jesus Christ who have ENDURED unto the END are rewarded with ETERNAL LIFE.)
15. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whore mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie."
So then, there SEEMS to be a CONTRADICTION between being SAVED by grace through FAITH and NOT by WORKS lest any man should BOAST and being SAVED by the KEEPING the COMMANDMENTS of God. So HOW then to we reconcile this matter that ONLY SEEMS to be a contradiction?
The first thing you must understand is that since we now CLEARLY understand that the LAW contained in ORDINANCES was ABOLISHED, taken OUT of the WAY, BLOTTED OUT and NAILED to the CROSS of our Lord Jesus Christ where we are NO LONGER UNDER the LAW that is contained in ORDINANCES does NOT mean that we are no longer under the COMMANDMENTS of God, as in, no less that nine of the ten commandments of God, which I will explain later in another study. But for now I want you to see that there is a DIFFERENCE between the LAW of Moses contained in some 613 ORDINANCES and the COMMANDMENTS of Almighty God.
So YES, the New Testament does in fact teach us that AFTER we are SAVED, as in, being brought into a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God by having ALL of our PAST sins FORGIVE we are to KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of God that are summed up into TWO simple easy to remember commandments, which are to LOVE God, and to LOVE your neighbor as yourself. But if you simply say that you love God and your WALK says you do NOT LOVE your brother, then you are a LIAR and the SPIRIT of God in NOT IN you and you are NONE of his.
So then the SIMPLEST way that I can teach the GOSPEL to you is to show you that salvation is obtained basically in TWO different steps, which are receiving the BEGINNING of our salvation, which is receiving the forgiveness of all our past sins to be saved or placed back into a right relationship with Almighty God. and then receiving the END of our salvation which is our obtaining eternal life in the world to come.
Step 1. You first realize you need to be saved, then you come to the knowledge of the TRUTH that Jesus died for your sins and you ACCEPT and confess that GOOD NEWS that you have been FORGIVEN of ALL your PAST sins in order for you to be brought into a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God so that God can now put his Holy Spirit WITHIN you to EMPOWER you to CONTINUE IN Jesus Christ knowing that the GOOD WORKS of righteousness that you do are NOT being done in your OWN strength lest there be BOASTING. Now this FIRST step is completely by the grace of Almighty God extended to all of mankind so that WHOSOEVER BELIEVES this GOOD NEWS of God's FREE GIFT to be FORGIVEN of ALL your sins. In other words, there is absolutely nothing anyone cane DO to EARN this free gift of salvation.
Step 2. After you have received the BEGINNING of your FAITH IN Jesus Christ, then comes this second step of CONTINUING in your FAITH unto the END in order to receive the END of your salvation, which is your actually obtaining your reward of ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. This second step is where the KEEPING of the COMMANDMENTS of God comes into the TRUTH of the GOSPEL as well.
Remember that in this first step of salvation you were made CLEAN so that the Holy Spirit of Almighty God can now DWELL IN you not only to lead and guide you in to all truth, but also to EMPOWER you to OVERCOME sin. In other words, the WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS that were ORDAINED by Almighty God for you to DO are NOT being done through your OWN strength other wise there would be room for BOASTING. But rather all the WORKS of RIGHTEOUSNESS you do are done THROUGH the power of the Holy Spirit that none dwells IN you as you BELIEVE the PROMISES in God's word like RESIST the Devil and he WILL FLEE from you, or God will NOT allow you to be tempted ABOVE that which you are ABLE to OVERCOME.
This is HOW the JUST, those of us who have been JUSTIFIED by FAITH, shall ALSO LIVE by FAITH. In other words, you must BELIEVE that you can LIVE WITHOUT SIN, before you will ever be able to overcome sin in your live. And we go from FAITH to FAITH, or from BELIEVING God's PROMISES that if we RESIST the Devil, then the Devil WILL WITHOUT FAIL FLEE from us to CONTINUING to BELIEVE God's promises unto the END, which is our OBTAINING what we are believing to RECEIVE. In this case we are speaking about ETERNAL LIFE, but if we were talking about the PROMISES in God's word concerning HEALING, then that which you would be BELIEVING to RECEIVE would be HEALING.
You see the word "SAVE" in the Greek means not only save, but also to be HEALED, to be rescued, to be protected, to be made whole, and to be brought into RIGHT RELATIONSHIP, which is what happens to moment we accept Jesus as our savior. BUT if we do not obey the Holy Spirit to maintain or keep this RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Almighty God unto the END, then we will NOT be found to be that good and FAITHFUL servant that will be asked to ENTER INTO the joy of the Lord. There is MORE to the GOSPEL of our salvation that just merely accepting Jesus as our savior. We must CONTINUE in our FAITH unto the END. And this does NOT mean keeping the WHOLE law contained in ORDINANCES written in the OLD Testament, because SOME of the LAW has indeed been ABOLISHED by the cross of Jesus.
Now I am not going to go into a lot of detail on how to be saved, what salvation means, what the Bible means by faith, what the Bible means by grace, and the difference between the LAW and doing GOOD WORKS, because I already have in depth studies on each of these topics posted on my website at AmatterOfTruth.com to which I will post links to each of these studies at the end of this study. But for now I would like to cover a few more interpretations of the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement to show you, the reader, how they have not compared their own personal interpretations that they have conclude with the rest of God's word.
of the biggest stumbling blocks to those who have been deceived by
the teachings of 119 Ministries is Matthew 5:17,18, where the
question is raised, Has the LAW been ABOLISHED or FULFILLED by the
death and resurrection of Jesus? Please notice that they give you a choice that it MUST be ONE or the OTHER and that it CANNOT be BOTH. This kind of deception is used by the enemy in nearly every case. Please remember that people are NOT our enemy. We have but ONE enemy, Satan, the Devil, who DECEIVES people into believing that there are just TWO options so therefore you must choose ONE of these TWO options that are presented to you.
Here is the opening argument given by the 119 Ministries to try and support their teaching that not even one letter or pen stroke of the LAW has been ABOLISHED.
ABOLISH or FULFILL
Matthew 5:17--‐18 17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a
pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
So then....What does ''abolish bring'' about? Now....What does ''fulfill'' bring about"? Take note that Jesus came to do one and NOT the other. They cannot mean the same thing.
However, we are informed by church leaders that they DO bring about the same result.
Think about it. According to the American Heritage Dictionary ''abolish'' means-- ''To do away with; put an end to.'' And yet what are we told ''fulfill'' means? The definition given to us is the same ''To do away with; put and end to".
Again this is a very valid question and I agree that from just a surface reading of this passage of scripture it does APPEAR that Jesus is saying that he came to do ONE and NOT the other, but please keep in mind that this ONE verse in the Bible and NOT the WHOLE word of God and therefore it must be INTERPRETED in the LIGHT of the REST of God's word.
Now again those at the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement paint this picture in your mind that their INTERPRETATION is the ONLY WAY that this verse can be interpreted. In other words, they themselves were DECEIVED by the enemy into INCORRECTLY believing that there is only TWO choices given in this verse, when in TRUTH there are NO choices being given to us in Matthew 5:17,18. Always remember that ANY verse when taken OUT of the CONTEXT and viewed ALONE and APART form the WHOLE word of God may SEEM to be saying something that it is NOT TRULY saying. Therefore we must COMPARE the INTERPRETATION that is conclude with OTHER passages of scripture to make absolute sure there are NO CONTRADICTIONS.
But before we compare scripture with scripture let us take a closer look at the Greek word that is translated as ''FULFILL'' here in Matthew 5:17. The Greek word is "PLEROO'', which means to fulfill, to make full, to be filled, to COMPLETE that is often used as in the FULFILLMENT of the Old Testament scripture. This Greek word ''PLEROO'' also means to ACCOMPLISH, to SATISFY, to EXECUTE, to FINISH and the VERIFY.
Now we cannot just pick whatever definition that we want and dogmatically say that this is what this particular verse means. We must compare whatever interpretation we conclude to the REST of God's to see if it AGREES with the WHOLE word of God. You see, if any interpretation of any verse of scripture CONTRADICTS another part of God's word, then that INTERPRETATION must be rejected as being an INCORRECT interpretation and considered to be a FALSE teaching.
So before we draw any conclusion let us read Matthew 5:17,18 from the King James Version, which says,
The word translated as ''DESTROY'' here comes from the Greek word "KATALYO'', which means throw down, to abolish, to destroy. This Greek word "KATALYO'' also means to destroy UTTERLY, to overthrow COMPLETELY. In other words, this Greek word that is translated as ''DESTROY'' in the king James Version and as ''ABOLISH'' in the New International Version carries with it the meaning that Jesus did not come to COMPLETELY ABOLISH the law. So then Matthew 5:17,18 should have been translated as
18. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.''
Now some of you may argue that I am changing God's word to make it say what I want it to say, but in TRUTH I am just pointing out to you, the reader, the seeker of the TRUTH, that in the original language these Greek words sometimes have many different meanings and the English translation that we read is just that, a TRANSLATION. In other words, this verse could have just as easily been translated as UTTERLY destroy or COMPLETELY abolish, which would then AGREE with the rest of God's word without trying to manipulate, twist or change many other CLEAR, PLAIN and SIMPLE passages of scripture to get them to agree with your OWN personal translation of Matthew 5:17,18. Let me explain what I mean by this.
keep in mind that Galatians 3:19 teaches us that the LAW was ADDED
because of transgression UNTIL
the PROMISE of the MESSIAH be FULFILLED, which teaches us that some
CHANGES in the LAW were without fail and indeed made AT the FIRST coming of Jesus at his
DEATH and resurrection. In other words, Jesus did indeed ABOLISH SOME of the LAW of GOD written in the OLD TESTAMENT. One part of the LAW of GOD that was INDEED ABOLISH and FULFILLED was the OFFERING of SACRIFICES for sins, which no one denies. But there were OTHER parts of the OLD covenant law of God that had been ABOLISHED as well by the cross, but some Christians were being DECEIVED to keep for FEAR of the JEWS.
"Wherefore (or for what REASON) then SERVE the LAW? It was ADDED because of transgressions, TILL the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator."
So then some part or some aspect of the law CHANGES in some way at the death and resurrection of Jesus, otherwise Jesus died in VAIN. In other words, Jesus did not come to COMPLETELY abolish the LAW, BUT the TRUTH of the matter is that some part of the LAW was INDEED ABOLISHED at the CROSS of Jesus.
thing we can all agree on is that the REASON that Jesus came was to
FULFILL the law AND the PROPHETS. In other words, Jesus spoke of his
coming was to FULFILL not ONLY the LAW, but ALSO that he came to
FULFILL the PROPHETS. In other words, Jesus is talking about HIMSELF
being PROPHESIED through different rituals of the LAW as being TYPES
and SHADOWS of his COMING as well as being spoken of by the prophets. Remember Jesus told the Jews that they sought eternal life in the scriptures and the scriptures spoke of HIM. Jesus was trying to get the Jews to see that he was that man that the SCRIPTURES themselves foretold that would come to be the savior. The prophets ALSO foretold that God was going to establish a NEW COVENANT with his people Israel, which God INITIATED with Jesus, but then when Israel REJECTED this NEW covenant, then God TURNED to a people who was NOT a people of God in order to provoke his people Israel to jealousy. This was ALSO prophesied in the SCRIPTURES. So then we see a lot of CHANGES in the way God is dealing with not only his chosen people Israel, but also the rest of mankind, the GENTILE, who once were NOT under the LAW contained in ORDINANCES but rather were under the law of their CONSCIENCE.
Now I do agree with one of the arguments used by the 119 Ministries that ALL has not yet been FULFILLED.
However, I do NOT agree with their CONCLUSION that they drew and teach that ALL the LAW written in the Old Testament is still in FORCE and therefore must be KEPT.
But rather I believe that Jesus FULFILLED different PROPHECIES all through his life during his FIRST coming and that Jesus will FULFILL ALL the prophecies concerning him when he comes again to reign for a 1000 years. In other words, ALL the PROPHETS will be FULFILLED before heaven and earth passes away, but God's WORD shall never pass away. NOT God's LAW will never pass away, but rather God's WORD shall never pass away. I personally do not believe that there will be any need for any law in the NEW heaven and the NEW earth, because their will be NO enemy of God, but I do believe that God's WORD shall never pass away.
This brings us to yet another ERROR that is made by the 119 Ministries
and the Hebrew Roots Movement. They INCORRECTLY substitute Jesus
being called the Word of God to being the WRITTEN WORD of God. And
then INCORRECTLY substitute the WORD of God for being the LAW of God. And then INCORRECTLY substitute the LAW of God for ALL the LAW
contained in ORDINANCES. And then FALSELY conclude that to FOLLOW
Jesus means the follow and KEEP the WHOLE LAW written in the OLD
In other words, they do not understand the DIFFERENCE between the COMMANDMENTS of God and the LAW of Moses contained in some 613 ORDINANCES, which was ADDED because of transgressions UNTIL the promise of the MESSIAH was FULFILLED. This is where some Christians like the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement get into ERROR, because they FALSELY INTERPRET a verse that only SEEMS to support what they believe and then they FOCUS all their attention on this ONE verse while trying to make all these other clear and plain passages of scripture FIT their own private interpretation. You see trying to CHANGE the clear meaning of these many other passage of scripture to fit their own INTERPRETATION of Matthew 5:17,18 is the same as IGNORING these other passages of scripture that CONTRADICT their own personal interpretation of Matthew 5:17.18, which they try to insist means ONE of the OTHER and cannot mean BOTH, therefore you must choose, between either Jesus came to ABOLISH the law OR Jesus came to FULFILL the law.
But instead of going
back and changing the way they view or understand Matthew 15:17,18 they TRY to
CHANGE the meanings of all the other CLEAR. PLAIN, and SIMPLE to understand verses that CONTRADICT their
INTERPRETATION of Matthew 5:17,18 that it CANNOT be BOTH ways.
However, the TRUTH of the matter is that Jesus did indeed come to do BOTH. Jesus did not come to abolish COMPLETELY the WHOLE law of God but Jesus did come to ABOLISH PART of the law of God and to FULFILL part of the prophets at his FIRST coming.
we all should agree that when Jesus FULFILLED the law and the
prophets at his crucifixion that he did NOT fulfill ALL of what the
prophets have foretold. Also we should all agree that when Jesus came
TO fulfill the law he was speaking of KEEPING the law and thus
SATISFYING the law in the eyes of Almighty God the Father. In other
words, the LIFE of Jesus ACCOMPLISHED the law, his LIFE also VERIFIED
the law, and his LIFE also ESTABLISHED the law in that Jesus did ALL
the WILL of Almighty God the Father. But it also goes deeper than this. Jesus fulfilled that law also in that these SHADOWS of the law that were kept under the OLD Testament to lead us TO Jesus were FULFILLED, when a person BELIEVES that Jesus is their SAVIOR.
So then, TOGETHER both the LIFE and the DEATH of Jesus COMPLETED the law and the prophets, but not ALL the PROPHETS. In somewhat the same way the BOTH the LIFE and DEATH of Jesus COMPLETED the LAW, but Jesus did NOT come to COMPLETELY ABOLISH or UTTERLY DESTROY the WHOLE law. What I mean by this is Almighty God did AWAY with the FORMER way that he forgave his people of their sins and God put into FORCE a NEW WAY for the sins of his people to be forgiven. In other words, there where some CHANGES made at the cross concerning God's LAW, which does NOT mean that God CHANGE or that God CHANGE his MIND, because God told us that this is what he was going to do all along. But what were these CHANGES that were made, which were NOT really and truly changes, but were part of God plan all along? What part of the LAW was ABOLISHED and what part of the law remained in force?
The law of MOSES contained in some 613 ORDINANCES was ABOLISHED just like Ephesians 2:11-20 clearly and plainly teaches us.
"Wherefore remember, that you being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision BY that which is called the Circumcision in the FLESH made BY HANDS;
20. And are built upon the FOUNDATION of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;"
The word ''ENMITY'' means the hatred of something that opposes or is AGAINST. Please read verse 15 again.
''15. Having ABOLISHED in his flesh the ENMITY, EVEN the LAW of commandments contained in ORDINANCES; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making PEACE;''
then, Jesus came at his FIRST coming to ABOLISH in his flesh the
ENMITY or that hated thing that OPPOSES us or is AGAINST us, which IS
the LAW of commandments contained in ORDINANCES. This is the CLEAR, PLAIN, and SIMPLE word of God with NO NEED of INTERPRETATION. There should be NO doubt that WHAT was ABOLISHED in the flesh of Jesus was this ENMITY, or this thing that was AGAINST us, which we are CLEARLY and PLAINLY told IS the LAW of commandments CONTAINED in ORDINANCES. And this AGREES with Matthew 5:17,18 which says, in the original Greek that Jesus did not come to "KATALYO'', which means to destroy UTTERLY, to
overthrow COMPLETELY. In others words,
Jesus did NOT come to UTTERLY DESTROY or to COMPLETELY ABOLISH the
WHOLE law of God, but RATHER Jesus came to ABOLISH in his FLESH the
LAW that was contained in ORDINANCES meaning the 613 ORDINANCES in
the law of MOSES and thus leaving the COMMANDMENTS of God still being
in force. But again ONLY nine of these ten commandments are without a doubt repeated in the NEW Testament. And again this is yet another study which is coming soon.
But for now it should be CLEARLY understood by EVERY Christian that the ORDINANCE that requires ANIMAL SACRIFICE has been ABOLISHED, because it was FULFILLED in the flesh of Jesus. Therefore at the SAME time the ORDINANCE of the FEAST of the PASSOVER was ALSO ABOLISHED, because Jesus FULFILLED the FEAST of the Passover in his flesh and this SHADOW of things to come has served it's purpose, which was to lead us to Jesus. CLEARLY Jesus established and put into force a NEW TESTAMENT or a NEW COVENANT, because Jesus FULFILLED in his flesh, specifically speaking of his DEATH Jesus fulfilled, the FIRST COVENANT that Almighty God made to Abraham 430 years BEFORE the LAW ever came into existence.
should also be clear to Christians that NONE of the dietary laws
contained in ORDINANCES are REPEATED or taught in any way to be kept in the NEW Testament,
but we do see many places where things like ADULTERY, LYING, STEALING
and the LUST of the flesh are REPEATED from the Old Testament and taught NOT to be done, which agrees
with the COMMANDMENTS of God still being applicable in the church
today. In other words, no less than nine of the ten commandments of God are specifically REPEATED and TAUGHT in the NEW TESTAMENT as in, we as Christians are to KEEP in order to obtain ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. But again we do NOT keep even the smallest command in our OUR strength lest their be BOASTING.
So YES, I totally agree that we are to KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of God which I also want to point out that Jesus summed up into two simple easy to remember not GRIEVOUS to bear commandments that are FULFILLED in ONE WORD.
One of the biggest things Jesus fought against with the scribes and the Pharisees was that they were HYPOCRITES, because they TAUGHT the LAW, but they did NOT KEEP the LAW. And even those who kept a good deal of the law BOASTED of their OWN RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Jesus came to make some CHANGES in the law and the WAY in which we are to KEEP the COMMANDMENTS of God. First of all Jesus ABOLISHED in his FLESH, his DEATH on the cross, the LAW that was contained in ORDINANCES.
This is why Paul teaches us NOT to let the JEWS judge us in what we EAT or for NOT KEEPING the FEAST days, or for NOT KEEPING the SABBATH days.
Please read Colossians 2:16,17 again, which says,
no man therefore judge you in MEAT, or in drink, (speaking NOT in judging you for KEEPING the dietary laws contained in ORDINANCES that were
give to the JEWS, but rather let no man judge you for NOT keeping the laws contained in ordinances that forbidding the eating of certain foods.)
or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon (speaking NOT of KEEPING the FEAST DAYS, but rather let no man judge you in NOT keeping the feast days which were contained in ordinances),
or of the sabbath days:(which spoke of our REST that was to come being found IN Jesus Christ)
Which are a SHADOW of things to come; BUT the body is OF Christ."
Now the 119 Ministries in their ATTEMPT to CHANGE what this verse is truly saying to be INTERPRETED to what they WANT it to say they place great emphasis on verse 18 and FALSELY say that the phrase '' Which ARE a SHADOW of things TO come'' means a FUTURE FULFILLMENT where the word ARE is present tense showing that these things ARE YET TO COME in the future. This is just one of the many ways that the 119 Ministries TWIST the scriptures to TRY and make them agree with their own private interpretation. Let me give you a CLEAR PLAIN and very SIMPLE example of how a verb can be in the PRESENT tense and yet ALREADY be FULFILLED. Please read Romans 5:14 where we all KNOW that Jesus DIED for our sins and is not still yet in the FUTURE to be FULFILLED.
"Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who (speaking of Adam) IS (PRESENT tense) the FIGURE (or SHADOW) of him (speaking of Jesus) that was TO come."
I totally agree that not ALL things have indeed been fulfilled at the first coming of Jesus, but this does NOT mean that NOTHING has been fulfilled of accomplished at the first coming of Jesus. Remember that Jesus said that he came not to "KATALYO'' the LAW but to FULFILL the LAW, which means to destroy UTTERLY, to
overthrow COMPLETELY the WHOLE LAW, but rather came to FULFILL the prophecies to establish a NEW TESTAMENT, which would INCLUDE the GENTILES. In others words,
Jesus did NOT come to UTTERLY DESTROY or to COMPLETELY ABOLISH the
WHOLE law of God, but to make that which REMAINED in force easier to accomplish, because we now have the very selfsame Holy Spirit that dwelt in Jesus dwelling IN us who is doing the works just as he did in Jesus.
The TRUTH of the WHOLE matter is that Jesus and his disciples taught us that, we as believers in Jesus Christ, FULFILL or KEEP ALL the LAW of God, when we are walking in LOVE one toward another and NOT some future fulfillment that is yet to come. Yes, there are some SHADOWS that have not been technically fulfilled as yet, but in TRUTH they have been fulfilled in that we as Christians who are IN Jesus Christ have been made known to what these SHADOWS are POINTING TOWARDS. The most important thing is that we walk in LOVE one toward another and in doing so we FULFILL the LAW of God.
Please read Matthew 7:12, which teaches us that the heart of the whole LAW and the PROPHETS is to teach us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
Therefore all things whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: FOR (or because) THIS is the law and the prophets.
And THIS law and the prophets will not pass away EVER for God is LOVE!
Wherefore then do you my dear brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ SERVE the law contained in ORDINANCES? It was ADDED to the covenant of PROMISE because of transgressions, UNTIL the seed should come to whom the promise was made, which seed is speaking of Jesus who came to FULFILL in his FLESH when he died on the cross NAILING the ORDINANCES that were AGAINST us and thus put into force a NEW TESTAMENT or a NEW and BETTER COVENANT that is established on BETTER PROMISES.
Please read Hebrews 8:6-13.
8. For finding fault with THEM (speaking of ISRAEL who did NOT KEEP the COVENANT nor the LAW of Moses that was ADDED because they transgressed the covenant God made with Abraham. And remember the Law of Moses contained in ORDINANCES was ADDED only UNTIL the MESSIAH came), he says, Behold, the days come, says the Lord, when I will make a NEW COVENANT with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9. NOT according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, says the Lord. (Now Almighty God did his part to bring in this NEW covenant with his people ISRAEL, BUT many of the JEWS did NOT regard this NEW COVENANT either, so God turned to a people that was not his people, the GENTILES, and offered us this so great a salvation UNTIL the FULNESS of the Gentiles be come in, meaning until all that will be saved are saved and the WICKEDNESS is come to FULL were NO NOT ONE WICKED person will SEEK the Lord, then God will once again turn back to the house of Israel and Judah and pour out his Spirit upon them and write his law upon their hearts.)
10. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days (speaking of both the first and second comings of Jesus, where SOME of the Jews will accept Jesus at his first coming and then at the second coming those of the house of Israel who are alive at his coming will recognize Jesus as their Messiah), says the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11. And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.(referring to the 1000 year reign of Jesus)
13. In that he says, A NEW COVENANT, he has made the FIRST OLD. Now that which decays and waxes old is ready to vanish away."
So then, ISRAEL in PART is still under the OLD covenant
being KEPT by the LAW until the day that the RECOGNIZE
and ACCEPT Jesus as their MESSIAH. In other words, God has not totally abandoned his people Israel, but has prophesied that he will a SECOND time come to them.
But for US, who ALREADY BELIEVE IN Jesus as our MESSIAH at his FIRST coming, the LAW that was ADDED for transgressions contained in ORDINANCES, has been ABOLISHED, but the COMMANDMENTS of God are still in force for the church to keep.
One of the ERRORS of the 119 Ministries and the Hebrew Roots Movement is that they FALSELY teach that when a person accepts Jesus as their savior that they are grafted into the natural olive tree, which they say means the church literally becomes ISRAEL. In other words, they incorrectly teach that a believer in Jesus Christ is saved to become a JEW or to LIVE as a JEW and therefore must follow and obey ALL the LAW of Moses contained in ORDINANCES.
The TRUTH of the matter the church is NOT ISRAEL and we are not saved to become JEWS to live after the manner of the JEWS. We do NOT need to EAT like the Jews. We do NOT need to DRESS like the Jews. We do NOT need to keep the FEAST days like the Jews. We do NOT need to KEEP ALL the LAW of Moses contained in ORDINANCES that was given to ISRAEL under the OLD COVENANT. In fact the JEWS do not need to KEEP the law anymore either, because Jesus came to establish a NEW and BETTER covenant with ISRAEL and therefore all they need to do is BELIEVE that Jesus DIED for their sins to become GRAFTED into the household of God. The gospel is to the Jews FIRST and then to the Gentiles
Now I will say that I personally do not believe that it
is a SIN if a Christian wants to DRESS like a JEW to see what their
culture is like, but Almighty God does not COMMAND us to DRESS like a
JEW in order to obtain ETERNAL LIFE in the world to come. I also do not believe that a true believer in Jesus Christ should dress like a Jew THINKING that they are PLEASING God.
And I will also say that I personally do not believe
that it is a sin for a Christian to EAT like a JEW, as in, to follow
the dietary law as instructions to eating a good healthy diet, but
the word of TRUTH does not dogmatically teach that we must without
fail follow the dietary laws of the JEWS in order to obtain ETERNAL
LIFE in the world to come. In fact the NEW Testament teaches us that even meat offered to IDOLS is permissible to eat.
Also it is not a sin to worship God on Saturday, but the
New Testament does not teach us that we must without fail worship God
ONLY on Saturday like the Jews, as opposed to worshiping God on
Sunday, the Lord's day, in order to receive eternal life in the world
to come. The word of God simply says that we have six days to do our
work and and on the seventh day we shall rest and commit this one day of the week to the Lord. So to ME, ANY day of the week will do as a
day of rest. Some Christians get into such bondage over this SABBATH
day of REST and become so FEARFUL that some even quite their job for
fear of losing their salvation thinking they are breaking one of
God's commandments. If your job requires you to work on BOTH Saturday
and Sunday, then use one of your days off to be set aside for the
Lord and a day of REST. Please read the study called ''SABBATH
KEEPERS VERSES SUNDAY WORSHIP'' for a deeper understand that the
SABBATH was made FOR man and NOT that MAN was made FOR the Sabbath. In fact this is the ONE commandment out of the ten commandments that is not specifically repeated and taught to keep in the NEW Testament. Again this is another study in and of itself that will be coming soon.
And I suppose that it is not a sin to occasionally keep a feast day such as the Passover to better understand the Jewish customs and traditions, but again we as Christians who already BELIEVE that Jesus is our Messiah being OUR PASSOVER are not commanded to keep the feast days, because we already have come to the knowledge of the TRUTH to KNOW what these feast days were and are yet POINTING towards. They were given as SHADOWS, TYPES, or FIGURES of the TRUE. In other words, the feast days and much of the ritualism of the law contained in ordinances were PROPHETIC things POINTING to Jesus as being the MESSIAH.
Also please keep in mind that all through the New
Testament we see that the disciples of Jesus and the early church
were heavily PERSECUTED, because they WOULD NOT SUBMIT themselves to
be brought back under the BONDAGE of the LAW of Moses contained in
some 613 ORDINANCES, but rather FOLLOWED the TEACHINGS of Jesus to
keep TEN COMMANDMENTS with the emphasis on LOVING our brothers and
sister even as we LOVE ourselves for THIS is the LAW and the PROPHETS
that shall never pass away, because God is LOVE. I say TEN, because every Christ knows what is meant by the ten commandments of God, but in TRUTH I myself do not see anywhere in the NEW Testament where we are taught that we must worship God on SATURDAY. Yes, the disciples went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, but this is because they were called to preach the GOSPEL to the JEWS first, and this was WHERE the Jews would be. It just made sense to go to a PLACE where the Jews would be on a DAY that you knew that they would be there. So just going to the temple or even praying in the temple does not dogmatically teach us without a doubt that the early church KEPT the SABBATH day.
Once again let us read Matthew 5:17,18 the way that it SHOULD PROPERLY be understood and should have been translated by the translators in order to agree with the WHOLE word of Almighty God.
18. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.''
This is what the Greek word "KATALYO'' means in the original text. Jesus did not come to destroy UTTERLY as in the COMPLETELY abolish the WHOLE law, but Jesus did come to make some CHANGES in the LAW, or more precisely to FULFILL part of that which was ALREADY WRITTEN in the Old Testament. Thanks for reading. May God bless you richly as you continue to seek the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of God.
Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,
Please read all the studies linked within this study and all the studies linked below. This study was just the TIP of the iceberg of exposing the ERRORS of interpretation made by the Saturday seventh day of the week Sabbath keeping churches.
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Some CLAIM the the early church kept the Sabbath as the Jews, but I assure you that the early first century church were accustomed to gathering together BEFORE the light of day break on the FIRST day of the week that THEY called the Lord's day.
Here is a NON BIAS historical account found in a letter from Pliny the Younger to Trojan concerning the Christians.
Pliny was a Roman who persecuted and killed Christians, so again this is a historical NON BIAS account of WHEN Christians gathered together.
Here is what Pliny says in his letter to Trajan. The EMPHASIS and comments are mine:
“That they were WONT (or as they were ACCUSTOMED and USED to do, or in the HABIT of doing), on a STATED day (or on a CERTAIN preset day), to meet together BEFORE IT WAS LIGHT, and to sing a hymn to Christ, as to a god, alternately; and to oblige themselves by a sacrament [or oath], not to do anything that was ill: but that they would commit no theft, or pilfering, or adultery; that they would not break their promises, or deny what was deposited with them, when it was required back again; after which it was their CUSTOM to depart, AND to meet AGAIN at a common but innocent meal,(so after the hard worship service early morning beginning before day light they would depart and they come back together later that same to to share a common simple meal together, and most likely break bread together as other early church writers give more detail) which they had left off upon that edict which I published at your command, and wherein I had forbidden any such conventicles (or religious meetings).”
Below are some quotes of early church writers that clearly teach us that the early church did NOT keep the Sabbath day, as in, on SATURDAY, the 7th day of the week, but rather the early church throughout history from it's beginning worshiped God on SUNDAY the FIRST day of the week, which is sometimes referred to as the EIGHTH day of the week or the day AFTER the Sabbath day, or the LORD'S DAY.
(The emphasis is mine in these quotes given below):
The date is given first and the source is given at the end.
Quote number #:
#1. 90 AD DIDACHE:
"Christian Assembly on the Lord's Day:
1. But every Lord's day do ye gather yourselves together, and break bread, and give thanksgiving after having confessed your transgressions, that your sacrifice may be pure.
2. But let no one that is at variance with his fellow come together with you, until they be reconciled, that your sacrifice may not be profaned.
3. For this is that which was spoken by the Lord: In every place and time offer to me a pure sacrifice; for I am a great King, saith the Lord, and my name is wonderful among the nations." (Didache: The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, Chapter XIV)
#2. 100 AD BARNABAS:
"We keep the eighth day [Sunday] with joyfulness, the day also on which Jesus rose again from the dead" (The Epistle of Barnabas, 100 AD 15:6-8).
#3. 100 AD BARNABAS:
Moreover God says to the Jews, 'Your new moons and Sabbaths I cannot endure.' You see how he says, 'The present Sabbaths are not acceptable to me, but the Sabbath which I have made in which, when I have rested [heaven: Heb 4] from all things, I will make the beginning of the eighth day which is the beginning of another world.' Wherefore we Christians keep the eighth day for joy, on which also Jesus arose from the dead and when he appeared ascended into heaven. (15:8f, The Epistle of Barnabas, 100 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers , vol. 1, pg. 147)
#4. 110 AD Pliny:
They were in the habit of meeting on a certain fixed day before it was light, when they sang in alternate verses a hymn to Christ, as to a god, and bound themselves by a solemn oath not to (do) any wicked deeds, never to commit any fraud, theft, or adultery, never to falsify their word, nor deny a trust when they should be called upon to deliver it up; after which it was their custom to separate, and then reassemble to partake of good food—but food of an ordinary and innocent kind. (About three years after the death of Ignatius in 250, an important official communication was sent from one Pliny to Trajan the Roman emperor. Pliny, the Roman governor of Bithynia, wrote of the Christians who had been congregating there probably from at least A.D. 62 onwards. In this remarkable it is explicitly stated that these early Christians observed the substance of most of the Ten Commandments, and it is implied that they observed all ten as far as they were able to do so. As far as they were able, for as most of the early Christians were of slave stock or from other lower classes'-, and those who had heathen masters or employers—the vast majority—would be forced to work on THEIR day of rest, which was unfortunately an official working day throughout the empires' until Constantine's "Sabbath" Edict in 321 A.D. gave them some measure of public protection. Hence one reads that after meeting "on a certain FIXED day before it was light", the first century Bithynian Christians had "to separate"—many of them having to labour for their masters and/or employers from dawn to dusk—"and then reassemble to partake of . . . food". The "certain fixed day" [stato die"'] on which the Christians met, is regarded by Seventh-day Adventists as Saturday'-. Certainly the expression would seem to indicate a regular day of meeting, probably each week. But Sunday is FAR more likely to have been the "certain fixed day" than Saturday. For if Pliny had been referring to the old Saturday Sabbath, as a Roman he would doubtless have referred to the "later" meeting first and only then to the morning meeting on the day after the "certain fixed day", seeing that the old Saturday Sabbath was demarcated from the evening of one day to the evening of the following day. But Pliny makes no such reference. Instead, he mentions that the pre-dawn meeting took place first—and only after wards the later meeting; and that both meetings took place on the SAME "certain fixed day". This rather points to the Roman (and—more importantly!—New Testament) midnight to midnight demarcation of modern Sunday-keepers than to the evening to evening demarcation of the Jews and the Seventh-day Adventists. (The Covenantial Sabbath, Francis Nigel Lee, Pg 242)
Also I myself will further add to the comment of the writer above that mere common sense plainly teaches us that Pliny was clearly speaking of SUNDAY, because the LAW that Constantine passed was not to mandate work on SUNDAY so that these Christians could worship God on SUNDAY. So the CLAIM by the Seventh Day Advent church that the fixed day of worship for Christians was a Saturday is FALSE. Other wise Constantine would have made it a law the employers allowed Christians off for work on a Saturday rather than on a Sunday.
This PROVES beyond any shadow of a doubt that the Christians were ALREADY worshiping God on SUNDAY the FIRST DAY of the week from the very beginning of the church on the day of Pentecost. The truth of the matter is that Constantine only made it easier for Christians to worship God on Sunday without being persecuted by their employers or owners by passing the EDICT making it a LAW to force heathen employers to let their employees have at least some time off from work so that they could worship God on SUNDAY.
Every Sabbath keeper will AGREE that Constantine's "SABBATH" is referring to SUNDAY as the day of the week and NOT as Saturday being the REST for Christians. Again all the Constantine did was to pass a law making it EASIER fro Christian to worship on the DAY that they had ALREADY been worshiping on since the very beginning at the DAY of PENTECOST, which is on SUNDAY the FIRST day of the week that Christian called the LORD'S day the day our Lord rose from the grave.
Open your EYES dear child of God and read what these early church writings are teaching us about the EARLIEST believers as to which day the early church worshiped God. SUNDAY has ALWAYS been the Sabbath or the day of REST of the early church and the church throughout it's entire history.
#5. 150 AD EPISTLE OF THE APOSTLES:
- I [Christ] have come into being on the eighth day which is the day of the Lord. (18)
#6. 150 AD JUSTIN:
"He then speaks of those Gentiles, namely us, who in every place offer sacrifices to Him, i.e., the bread of the Eucharist, and also the cup of the Eucharist, affirming both that we glorify His name, and that you profane [it]. The command of circumcision, again, bidding [them] always circumcise the children on the eighth day, was a type of the true circumcision, by which we are circumcised from deceit and iniquity through Him who rose from the dead on the first day AFTER the Sabbath, [namely through] our Lord Jesus Christ. For the first day after the Sabbath, remaining the first of all the days, is called, however, the eighth, according to the number of all the days of the cycle, and [yet] remains the first.". (Justin, Dialogue 41:4)
#7. 150 AD JUSTIN:
...those who have persecuted and do persecute Christ, if they do not repent, shall not inherit anything on the holy mountain. But the Gentiles, who have believed on Him, and have repented of the sins which they have committed, they shall receive the inheritance along with the patriarchs and the prophets, and the just men who are descended from Jacob, even although theyneither keep the Sabbath, nor are circumcised, nor observe the feasts. Assuredly they shall receive the holy inheritance of God. (Dialogue With Trypho the Jew, 150-165 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers , vol. 1, page 207)
#8. 150 AD JUSTIN:
But if we do not admit this, we shall be liable to fall into foolish opinion, as if it were not the same God who existed in the times of Enoch and all the rest, who neither were circumcised after the flesh, nor observed Sabbaths, nor any other rites, seeing that Moses enjoined such observances... For if there was no need of circumcision before Abraham, or of the observance of Sabbaths, of feasts and sacrifices, before Moses; no more need is there of them now, after that, according to the will of God, Jesus Christ the Son of God has been born without sin, of a virgin sprung from the stock of Abraham. (Dialogue With Trypho the Jew, 150-165 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers , vol. 1, page 206)
#9. 150 AD JUSTIN:
Moreover, all those righteous men already mentioned [after mentioning Adam. Abel, Enoch, Lot, Noah, Melchizedek, and Abraham], though they kept no Sabbaths, were pleasing to God; and after them Abraham with all his descendants until Moses... And you [fleshly Jews] were commanded to keep Sabbaths, that you might retain the memorial of God. For His word makes this announcement, saying, "That you may know that I am God who redeemed you." (Dialogue With Trypho the Jew, 150-165 AD, Ante-Nicene Fathers , vol. 1, page 204)
#10. 150 AD JUSTIN:
There is no other thing for which you blame us, my friends, is there than this? That we do not live according to the Law, nor, are we circumcised in the flesh as your forefathers, nor do we observe the Sabbath as you do. (Dialogue with Trypho 10:1. In verse 3 the Jew Trypho acknowledges that Christians 'do not keep the Sabbath.')
#11. 155 AD Justin Martyr:
"[W]e too would observe the fleshly circumcision, and the Sabbaths, and in short all the feasts, if we did not know for what REASON they were enjoined [on] you--namely, on account of your transgressions and the hardness of your heart. . . . [H]ow is it, Trypho, that we would not observethose rites which do not harm us--I speak of fleshly circumcision AND Sabbaths AND feasts? . . . God enjoined you [Jews] to keep the Sabbath,and impose on you other precepts for a sign, as I have already said, on account of your unrighteousness and that of your fathers" (Dialogue with Trypho the Jew 18, 21).
#12. 180 AD ACTS OF PETER:
- Paul had often contended with the Jewish teachers and had confuted them, saying 'it is Christ on whom your fathers laid hands. He abolished their Sabbath and fasts and festivals and circumcision.' (1: I)-2
#13. 180 AD GOSPEL OF PETER:
Early in the morning when (the Sabbath dawned, a multitude from Jerusalem and the surrounding country came to see the scaled sepulchre. In the night in which the Lord's day dawned, while the soldiers in pairs for each watch were keeping guard, a great voice came from heaven. [There follows an account of the resurrection. Early in the morning of the Lord's day Mary Magdalene, a disciple of the Lord .... came to the sepulchre. (9:34f.; 12:50f.)
#14. 190 AD CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA:
(in commenting on each of the Ten Commandments and their Christian meaning:) The seventh day is proclaimed a day of rest, PREPARING by abstention from evil FOR the Primal day, our TRUE rest. (Ibid. VII. xvi. 138.1)
I will add that the meaning of the word "Primal" means an "ARCHETYPAL", which means an original TYPE pointing to the TRUE. So this early church writer is saying what Paul teaches us in scripture that the things in the OLD Testament are TYPES and SHADOWS or the TRUE which was to come. Jesus became our SABBATH, and we have entered into our REST being in Jesus Christ. The SABBATH was an ARCHETYPAL pointing toward our TRUE REST which was to come being FULFILLED in the ATONEMENT of Jesus.
#15. 190 AD CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA:
He does the commandment according to the Gospel and keeps the Lord's day, whenever he puts away an evil mind . . . glorifying the Lord's resurrection in himself. (Ibid. Vii.xii.76.4)
#16. 190 AD CLEMENT OF ALEXANDRIA:
Plato prophetically speaks of the Lord's day in the tenth book of the Republic, in these words: 'And when seven days have passed to each of them in the meadow, on the eighth they must go on." (Miscellanies V.xiv.106.2)
#17. 200 AD BARDESANES:
Wherever we are, we are all called after the one name of Christ Christians. On one day, the first of the week, we assemble ourselves together (On Fate)
#18. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:
"We solemnize the day AFTER Saturday in contradistinction to those who call this day their Sabbath" (Tertullian's Apology, Ch 16)
In other words, Tertullian is saying that we Christians DISTINGUISH us from the JEWS who hold Saturday as THEIR Sabbath by solemnizing or reverencing the day AFTER Saturday as our day of worship and rest.
#19. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:
It follows, accordingly, that, in so far as the abolition of carnal circumcision and of the old law is demonstrated as having been consummated at its specific times, so ALSO the observance of the Sabbath is demonstrated to have been temporary. (An Answer to the Jews 4:1, Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. 3, page 155)
#20. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:
Let him who contends that the Sabbath is still to be observed a balm of salvation, and circumcision on the eighth day because of threat of death, teach us that in earliest times righteous men kept Sabbath or practiced circumcision, and so were made friends of God. .. ...Therefore, since God originated Adam uncircumcised, and inobservant of the Sabbath, consequently his offspring also, Abel, offering Him sacrifices, uncircumcised and inobservant of the Sabbath, was by Him commended... Noah also, uncircumcised - yes, and inobservant of the Sabbath - God freed from the deluge. For Enoch, too, most righteous man, uncircumcised and inobservant of the Sabbath, He translated from this world... Melchizedek also, "the priest of most high God," uncircumcised and inobservant of the Sabbath, was chosen to the priesthood of God. (An Answer to the Jews 2:10; 4:1, Ante-Nicene Fathers Vol. 3, page 153)
#21. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:
Others . . . suppose that the sun is the god of the Christians, because it is well-known that we regard Sunday as a day of joy. (To the Nations 1: 133)
Keep in mind that this was well BEFORE Constantine SUPPOSEDLY CHANGED the day of rest and worship to SUNday as the Seventh Day Adventist church CLAIMS. But it TRUTH Christians had ALREADY been worshiping God on SUNDAY, the FIRST day of the week that they also called the LORD'S day, the day that our Lord and savior Jesus rose from the dead.
So as early as Tertullian in 200 AD there were groups of JEWS and Christian JEWS who ASSUMED or who SUPPOSED, or who FALSELY ACCUSED Christians for worshiping God on SUNDAY that they were worshiping a sun god and not the true God.
#22. 200 AD TERTULLIAN:
To us Sabbaths are foreign. (On Idolatry, 14:6)4
#23. 220 AD ORIGEN:
"On Sunday none of the actions of the world should be done. If then, you abstain from all the works of this world and keep yourselves free for spiritual things, go to church, listen to the readings and divine homilies, meditate on heavenly things. (Homil. 23 in Numeros 4, PG 12:749)
#24. 220 AD Origen:
"Hence it is not possible that the [day of] rest after the Sabbath should have come into existence from the seventh [day] of our God. On the contrary, it is our Savior who, after the pattern of his own rest, caused us to be made in the likeness of his death, and hence also of his resurrection" (Commentary on John 2:28).
#25. 225 AD The Didascalia:
"The apostles further appointed: On the first day of the week let there be service, and the reading of the Holy Scriptures, and the oblation, because on the first day of the week our Lord rose from the place of the dead, and on the first day of the week he arose upon the world, and on the first day of the week he ascended up to heaven, and on the first day of the week he will appear at last with the angels of heaven" (Didascalia 2).
And I add further that the church BEGAN on the day of Pentecost on a SUNDAY, the FIRST day of the week. The early church evidence and the word of TRUTH, the Holy Bible make it quite clear that the early church worshiped God on SUNDAY the FIRST day of the week, called the LORD'S day and that they did NOT KEEP the Sabbath day as the JEWS.
#26. 250 AD CYPRIAN:
The eight day, that is, the first day after the Sabbath, and the Lord's Day." (Epistle 58, Sec 4)
#27. 250 AD IGNATIUS:
"If, therefore, those who were brought up in the ancient order of things have come to the possession of a new hope, no longer observing the Sabbath, but living in the observance of the Lord's Day, on which also our life has sprung up again by Him and by His death-whom some deny, by which mystery we have obtained faith, and therefore endure, that we may be found the disciples of Jesus Christ, our only Master-how shall we be able to live apart from Him, whose disciples the prophets themselves in the Spirit did wait for Him as their Teacher? And therefore He whom they rightly waited for, being come, raised them from the dead. If, then, those who were conversant with the ancient Scriptures came to newness of hope, expecting the coming of Christ, as the Lord teaches us when He says, "If ye had believed Moses, ye would have believed Me, for he wrote of Me; " and again, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it, and was glad; for before Abraham was, I am; " how shall we be able to live without Him? The prophets were His servants, and foresaw Him by the Spirit, and waited for Him as their Teacher, and expected Him as their Lord and Saviour, saying, "He will come and save us." Let us therefore NO longer keep the Sabbath after the Jewish manner, and rejoice in days of idleness; for "he that does not work, let him not eat." For say the [holy] oracles, "In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat thy bread." But let every one of you keep the Sabbath after a spiritual manner, rejoicing in meditation on the law, NOT in relaxation of the body, admiring the workmanship of God, and not eating things prepared the day before, nor using lukewarm drinks, and walking within a prescribed space, nor finding delight in dancing and plaudits which have no sense in them. And after the observance of the Sabbath, let every friend of Christ keep the Lord's Day as a festival, the resurrection-day, the queen and chief of all the days [of the week].Looking forward to this, the prophet declared, "To the end, for the eighth day," on which our life both sprang up again, and the victory over death was obtained in Christ, whom the children of perdition, the enemies of the Saviour, deny, "whose god is their belly, who mind earthly things," who are "lovers of pleasure, and not lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof." These make merchandise of Christ, corrupting His word, and giving up Jesus to sale: they are corrupters of women, and covetous of other men's possessions, swallowing up wealth insatiably; from whom may ye be delivered by the mercy of God through our Lord Jesus Christ! (Epistle of Ignatius to the Magnesians, Chapter IX)
#28. 250 AD IGNATIUS:
"On the day of the preparation, then, at the third hour, He received the sentence from Pilate, the Father permitting that to happen; at the sixth hour He was crucified; at the ninth hour He gave up the ghost; and before sunset He was buried. During the Sabbath He continued under the earth in the tomb in which Joseph of Arimathaea had laid Him. At the dawning of the Lord's day He arose from the dead, according to what was spoken by Himself, "As Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of man also be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. "The day of the preparation, then, comprises the passion; the Sabbath embraces the burial; the Lord's Day contains the resurrection." (The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians, chapter 9)
#29. 250 AD IGNATIUS:
If any one fasts on the Lord's Day or on the Sabbath, except on the paschal Sabbath only, he is a murderer of Christ. (The Epistle of Ignatius to the Philippians, chapter 8)
#30. 250 AD IGNATIUS:
"This [custom], of not bending the knee upon Sunday, is a symbol of the resurrection, through which we have been set free, by the grace of Christ, from sins, and from death, which has been put to death under Him. Now this custom took its rise from apostolic times, as the blessed Irenaeus, the martyr and bishop of Lyons, declares in his treatise On Easter, in which he makes mention of Pentecost also; upon which [feast] we do not bend the knee, because it is of equal significance with the Lord's day, for the reason already alleged concerning it." (Ignatius, Fragments)
#31. 300 AD Victorinus:
"The sixth day [Friday] is called parasceve, that is to say, the preparation of the kingdom. . . . On this day also, on account of the passion of the Lord Jesus Christ, we make either a station to God or a fast. On the seventh day he rested from all his works, and blessed it, and sanctified it. On the former day we are accustomed to fast rigorously, that on the Lord's day we may go forth to our bread with giving of thanks. And let the parasceve become a rigorous fast, lest we should APPEAR to observe ANY Sabbath with the Jews . . . which Sabbath he [Christ] in his body ABOLISHED" (The Creation of the World).
#32. 300 AD EUSEBIUS:
"They did not, therefore, regard circumcision, NOR observe the Sabbath NEITHER do we; ... because such things as these do NOT belong to Christians" (Ecc. Hist., Book 1, Ch. 4)
#33. 300 AD EUSEBIUS:
[The Ebionites] were accustomed to observe the Sabbath and other Jewish customs but on the Lord's days to celebrate the same practices as we in remembrance of the resurrection of the Savior. (Church History Ill.xxvii.5)
I will also add that the Ebionites were Christians who were seduced by the Jews to keep the Jewish customs. In other words, the Ebionites were Judanized Christians. The Ebionites also taught the need to be circumcised in the flesh in order to be saved. Some today would not even consider Ebionites as being true Christians since they went back to trusting the law of Moses to be saved.
#34. 300 AD Eusebius of Caesarea:
"They [the pre- Mosaic saints of the Old Testament] did not care about circumcision of the body, neither do we [Christians]. They did not care about observing Sabbaths, nor do we. They did not avoid certain kinds of food, neither did they regard the other distinctions which Moses first delivered to their posterity to be observed as symbols; nor do Christians of the present day do such things" (Church History 1:4:8).
#35. 300 AD Eusebius of Caesarea:
"The day of his [Christ's] light . . . was the day of his resurrection from the dead, which they say, as being the one and only truly holy day and the Lord's day, is better than any number of days as we ordinarily understand them, and better than the days set apart by the Mosaic Law for feasts, new moons, and Sabbaths, which the Apostle [Paul] teaches are the shadow of days and not days in reality" (Proof of the Gospel 4:16:186).
#36. 345 AD Athanasius:
"The Sabbath was the end of the first creation, the Lord's day was the beginning of the second, in which he renewed and restored the old in the same way as he prescribed that they should formerly observe the Sabbath as a memorial of the end of the first things, so we honor the Lord's day as being the memorial of the new creation" (On Sabbath and Circumcision 3).
#37. 350 AD APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTIONS:
Be not careless of yourselves, neither deprive your Saviour of His own members, neither divide His body nor disperse His members, neither prefer the occasions of this life to the word of God; but assemble yourselves together every day, morning and evening, singing psalms and praying in the Lord's house: in the morning saying the sixty-second Psalm, and in the evening the hundred and fortieth, but principally on the Sabbath-day. And on the day of our Lord's resurrection, which is the Lord's day, meet more diligently, sending praise to God that made the universe by Jesus, and sent Him to us, and condescended to let Him suffer, and raised Him from the dead. Otherwise what apology will he make to God who does not assemble on that day to hear the saving word concerning the resurrection, on which we pray thrice standing in memory of Him who arose in three days, in which is performed the reading of the prophets, the preaching of the Gospel, the oblation of the sacrifice, the gift of the holy food? (Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, book 2)
#38. 350 AD APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTIONS:
"How We Ought to Assemble Together, and to Celebrate the Festival Day of Our Saviour's Resurrection. On the day of the resurrection of the Lord, that is, the Lord's day, assemble yourselves together, without fail, giving thanks to God, and praising Him for those mercies God has bestowed upon you through Christ, and has delivered you from ignorance, error, and bondage, that your sacrifice may be unspotted, and acceptable to God,..." (Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, book 7)
#39. 350 AD Cyril of Jerusalem:
"Fall NOT AWAY either into the sect of the Samaritans or into Judaism, for Jesus Christ has henceforth ransomed you. Stand aloof from ALL observance of Sabbaths and from calling any indifferent meats common or unclean" (Catechetical Lectures 4:37).
#40. 360 AD Council of Laodicea:
"Christians should NOT Judaize and should NOT be idle on the Sabbath, but should work on that day; they should, however, particularly reverence the Lord's day and, if possible, not work on it, because they were Christians" (canon 29).
#41. 387 AD John Chrysostom:
"You have put on Christ, you have become a member of the Lord and been enrolled in the heavenly city, and you still grovel in the Law [of Moses]? How is it possible for you to obtain the kingdom? Listen to Paul's words, that the observance of the Law overthrows the gospel, and learn, if you will, how this comes to pass, and tremble, and shun this pitfall. Why do you keep the Sabbath and fast with the Jews?" (Homilies on Galatians 2:17).
#42. 412 AD Augustine:
"Well, now, I should like to be told what there is in these Ten Commandments, except the observance of the Sabbath, which ought NOT to be kept by a Christian . . . Which of these commandments would anyone say that the Christian ought not to keep? It is possible to contend that it is not the Law which was written on those two tables that the apostle [Paul] describes as 'the letter that kills' [2 Cor. 3:6], but the law of circumcision and the other sacred rites which are now abolished" (The Spirit and the Letter 24).
#43. 597 AD Gregory I:
"But after that the grace of almighty God, our Lord Jesus Christ, has appeared, the commandments of the Law which were spoken figuratively cannot be kept according to the letter. For if anyone says that this about the Sabbath is to be kept, he must needs say that carnal sacrifices are to be offered. He must say too that the commandment about the circumcision of the body is still to be retained. But let him hear the apostle Paul saying in opposition to him: 'If you be circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing' (Gal. 5:2)" (Letters 13:1).